VERAP will be accepting applications for rental assistance through 12/31/2021 or until the funds are depleted. Additionally, the federal government may extend funding for VERAP through September 30, 2022 if funding is available. Please continue to check this site regularly for updates.
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Vermont state housing Authority
The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) was created to help Residential tenants and landlords dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For eligible households, the program offers rental and utility assistance to help Vermonters avoid eviction. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was established by the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021.
VERAP helps tenant households with paying rent and past-due rent balances (also known as arrears). Past-due rent accrued before April 1, 2020 is NOT eligible for payment. Rent in arrears beginning April 1, 2020 and future rent payments are eligible. VERAP also has funding available for relocation costs, including 1st and last months’ rent and security deposit. If there are rent arrears, at least 1 month of any VERAP benefits awarded must go towards the arrearage.
To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling in the State of Vermont and meet the criteria below:
Eligible housing types include:
Renters or “Applicant(s)” must first apply and be determined income eligible and program eligible. Once the application is complete and eligibility is determined, the Applicant and Owner will be notified.
The first step is to create an Owner Record account. Landlords who have not yet created an Owner Record may do so at any time. To create an Owner Record, please contact the Call Center at 833-488-3727 (883-4VT-ERAP). You will need to provide:
Payments to Tenants will only be made if the landlord chooses not to participate in the program demonstrated by:
The following data elements will be collected with each landlord application.
The program does not allow landlords to raise the contract rent while they are receiving rent money under this program, but there are a few exceptions:
For USDA Rural Development Properties, HUD Section 8 (TRACS) Properties, and HUD Section 8 Project Based Housing Choice Voucher Properties, changes in tenant rent are based on federal requirements and are not impacted by this program.
*Process for this unexpected expense. If a landlord encounters an unexpected non-capital operating expense increase such as a property tax increase, a utility increase, or insurance increase, the landlord may receive approval from VERAP to increase the rent while receiving the grant. Upon approval from the program, the Landlord would be required to send the Tenant a standard rent increase notice along with the program approval for the increase.
The Landlord, as a part of the request for rent increase approval, would need to submit proof of need of the increase. For a property tax increase this would include submitting both the prior year and current (new) year tax bills. The same type of documentation would be required for requests related to increased utility costs, insurance or any other type of unexpected non-capital operating expense. The Landlord will need to provide an attestation to VERAP that without the rent increase approval, the Landlord will not be able to meet its operating expenses.
All rent increases must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.